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These experiments tested the hypothesis that detection of frequency modulation (FM) at very low rates depends mainly on temporal information (phase locking to the carrier) for carriers below about 5 kHz, whereas FM detection at higher rates (10 Hz and above) depends mainly on changes in the excitation pattern (a "place" mechanism). In experiment 1,(More)
Initially, psychometric functions were measured for the detection of amplitude modulation (AM) or frequency modulation (FM), using a two-alternative forced-choice (2AFC) task. Carrier frequencies were 125, 1000, and 6000 Hz, and modulation rates were 2, 5, and 10 Hz. For the two lower carrier frequencies, FM detection tended to be best at the lowest(More)
Frequency discrimination was measured for a wide range of center frequencies (0.25-8 kHz) using three different tasks. In the first (difference limens for frequency, DLFs) subjects were required to indicate which of two successive tone pulses was higher in frequency. In the second (difference limens for change, DLCs), two successive pairs of tone pulses(More)
This article is concerned with the detection of mixed modulation (MM), i.e., simultaneously occurring amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM). In experiment 1, an adaptive two-alternative forced-choice task was used to determine thresholds for detecting AM alone. Then, thresholds for detecting FM were determined for stimuli which had a fixed(More)
Recent evidence suggests that sensitivity to the temporal fine structure (TFS) of sounds is adversely affected by cochlear hearing loss. This may partly explain the difficulties experienced by people with cochlear hearing loss in understanding speech when background sounds, especially fluctuating backgrounds, are present. We describe a test for assessing(More)
Two experiments were performed to test the concept that the auditory system contains a "modulation filter bank" (MFB). Experiment 1 examined the ability to "hear out" the modulation frequency of the central component of a three-component modulator applied to a 4-kHz sinusoidal carrier. On each trial, three modulated stimuli were presented. The modulator of(More)
These experiments compare the ability to detect amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) with the ability to discriminate AM from FM, using 10-Hz sinusoidal modulation of a 1000-Hz carrier. Initially, psychometric functions were measured for the detection of AM and FM alone, using a two-alternative forced-choice (2AFC) task. In experiment 1,(More)
For high-frequency sinusoidal carriers, the threshold for detecting sinusoidal amplitude modulation increases when the signal modulation frequency increases above about 120 Hz. Using the concept of a modulation filter bank, this effect might be explained by (1) a decreasing sensitivity or greater internal noise for modulation filters with center frequencies(More)
OBJECTIVE To implement a fast method for measuring psychophysical tuning curves (PTCs) for use in clinical applications, such as assessment of frequency selectivity and detection of dead regions in the cochlea. DESIGN The method is based on that described by Sek et al (2005) and has been implemented in software that can be run on a PC with a good-quality(More)
Psychophysical tuning curves (PTCs) can be used to assess the frequency selectivity of the auditory system and to detect and delimit "dead regions" in the cochlea. However, the traditional method for determining PTCs takes too long for use in clinical practice. We evaluated a fast method for determining PTCs, using a band of noise that sweeps in centre(More)